Summer Wind: A Soldier's Road From Indiana to Vietnam

Summer Wind: A Soldier's Road From Indiana to Vietnam

by Randy and Roxanne Mills, Roxanne Mills


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The fascinating and heartbreaking story of Indiana soldier, Dick Wolfe, was preserved in scores of letters he sent home to family, and letters friends sent to him in Vietnam from July 1967 to early January of 1968. On the rare days Wolfe spent at relatively large base camps in Vietnam, he penned long, detailed letters to his wife, mother, and friends. Most of his correspondence held little back as it was written in brief snatches in a tent-covered hole by the light of a single candle at primitive night defensive positions. 
The authors of Summer Wind: The Vietnam War letters of Richard “Dick” Wolfe have quickened this unique correspondence and brought it fully to life. Using materials such as personal interviews, diary accounts, personal journals of the men who served with Dick Wolfe, recorded air-to-ground conversations, and military history accounts of the Second Battalion, Eighteenth Infantry of the First Division, the authors weave together a tale with the greatest amount of context, delivering an astounding awareness of the incredible stress of combat—both on combatants and the “folks back home.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681570693
Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword vii

Introduction-I Want to Know ix

Part I Princeton, Indiana 1

Restless Behind a School Desk 3

Mrs. Horn's Ledger 23

Part II Life in a Rifle Company 37

There's Nothing Like Back Home Here 39

Lots of Good Guys 55

We Are Storming Heaven for You 81

The Longest Guy in Our Squad 97

They're Never Going to Believe This Back in Princeton 109

Stop Worrying About the Home Front 121

Wolfe … You Can Blast Away 131

Carry on Christmas Without Me 149

Last Letters 167

Part III Chance's Strange Arithmetic 173

We're Drawing Fire from Eight Different Positions 175

These Kinds of Battles Don't Happen Every Day 191

There Were a Few Things That Puzzled Me 213

Part IV Home 225

The Most Honorable Duty 227

Where the Hell Have You Been, Davis? 245

A Coiling Vine Around His Heart 253

Epilogue 267

Part V Appendixes 271

Alpha Company Roster-January 1, 1968 273

Robert Lee Hilley Silver Star Citation 275

Army Operations Report 276

"Letter of Instruction to Military Escorts" 278

Bibliography 280

Notes 287

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